Faculty Profile

Mara Donaldson

Professor of Religion (1990)

Contact Information

on sabbatical Spring 2015

donaldsm@dickinson.edu

East College Room 207
717.245.1228

Bio

Her teaching focuses on contemporary religious thought, especially feminist and liberation theologies, and religion and art, including contemporary fantasy literature, film, and popular culture.

Education

  • B.A., Wilson College, 1971
  • M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1974
  • Ph.D., Emory University, 1984

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

RELG 110 Religion and Modern Culture
Drawing upon popular examples from film, drama, and narrative, as well as critical essays, the course explores both the religious dimensions of modern culture myth, sacred space and time, nature spirituality and the cultural contexts of contemporary theologies gender, race, economics. This course fulfills the DIV I.a. distribution requirement and U.S. Diversity graduation requirement.

RELG 210 Religions of Africa
Cross-listed with AFST 220-06.

FLST 210 Real to Reel: Sacred in Film
Cross-listed with RELG 318-01. This course examines the religious dimensions of contemporary films such as Whale Rider, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Matrix and Lord of the Rings. We will also pay attention to the technical aspects of film such as lighting, camera angles and special effects.

AFST 220 Religions of Africa
Cross-listed with RELG 210-01.The course examines the variety of religious experiences, traditions, and representations of religion in African cultures. These include indigenous religions, Islam, Christianity and syncretistic traditions. We will examine the various roles that religion plays in responding to current crises facing African cultures, including HIV/AIDS pandemic, political conflicts, and issues related to gender (e.g., girls' education, shifting perspectives on masculinity and femininity) that have been shaped by religious attitudes. Students will use novels, memoir and film to supplement scholarly readings.

RELG 318 Real to Reel: Sacred in Film
Cross-listed with FLST 210-05. This course examines the religious dimensions of contemporary films such as Whale Rider, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Matrix and Lord of the Rings. We will also pay attention to the technical aspects of film such as lighting, camera angles and special effects.